GM to Produce 20 New Electric Fuel Cell Vehicles Worldwide by 2023
General Motors recently revealed its plans of launching at least 20 new hydrogen and electric fuel cell vehicles worldwide by 2023, out of which two of them will launch in next 18 months.
CEO of GM, Mary Barra, announced its vision of zero-emission future with its all-electric and electric fuel cell vehicles. She added that the vehicles will represent a two-pronged approached to the vision of automakers.
The first two models will be based off the existing Chevrolet Bolt EV, while the company plans to feature the rest of models with all new battery system.
The company refused to reveal further specific details about the propulsion system of next generation as well as information about which vehicles will become electrified.
“The story is way more than just what you can see now; it’s also about what’s under the skin and a taste of what is about to come over the next months and years,” said Barra.
According to the GM executive of global product development, Mark Reuss, the electrified future will be profitable. Though he didn’t further elaborate on a time frame about the profitability.
Because of the new announcements, the company shares gained a hike of 4.4 percent ended in a close ar $42.15 which is also all-time high closing for the company since November 2010.
Three clay models previewed on Monday included a Cadillac wagon, Buick crossover and a pod-looking vehicle, all of them are designed for the next generation including two different cells of different heights for the battery pack.
With this different height, you can do different roof lines, different H-points and different range capabilities with performance.
“We’re serious about battery electric vehicles,” she said. “It’s a critical cornerstone of how we, General Motors, are going to lead the way to a world of zero emissions.”
Electric Fuel Cell Vehicles
GM’s Brownstown Battery Assembly plant located in the south of Detroit will begin production of a fuel cell system with the help of previously announced joint venture with Honda Motor Co. in 2020.
The automaker also introduced Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure (SURUS), a four-wheel concept based on the new electric fuel cell vehicles, based on a heavy-duty truck frame that’s driven by two electric motors.
The new electric fuel cell vehicles will be designed in such a way to provide a wide range of applications including emergency and freight rescue vehicles such as military vehicles and ambulances for disaster relief efforts.
“The model will act as fuel cell solution to solve real-world near-term problems reducing human exposure to harm” added Charles Freese, global executive director of GM.